We are only as good as people that value our work, and we are proud to have some amazing ones join us. Cathrin Eßbach of Penthouse Backpackers Osnabrück, Germany, is in love with traveling, and this love inspired her to make a career of hosting people that come to her lovely city. Here is a story she shared with us. Enjoy it, and if your travel bug takes you to Osnabrück, be sure to stay in Penthouse Backpackers.
How did you decide to open a hostel?
I traveled a lot and my own hostel is literally the souvenir from those journeys. I always stayed in hostels and found it a great way to communicate and feel home, while abroad. Back home then – I wanted to be the host for many other travelers.
What is the biggest challenge you are facing in running/managing your hostel?
The biggest challenge for me is actually (or has been, I’ve grown out of it) to be not only a friend but a boss. Which includes all the not-so-fun part like hiring (and firing) staff as well as expecting them to work, not only sit and chat with our guests.
What makes your hostel unique?
My hostel is unique because I am – we all are – unique. My hostel is small enough to ooze a personal atmosphere, something I am always looking for in hostels when I travel. I tried to have the hostel, which I would choose.
What is the one thing that your guests like the most in your hostel?
The personal atmosphere is what our guests feel instantly on check-in and that’s what they like.
What makes your City a place everyone should visit?
The city my hostel is in (Osnabrück) is not a destination that everyone should visit. It is one of the many places on earth that are worth traveling to, it is lively, historical, unique, sweet and with a lush surrounding it is a great place for a stopover.
What is the best time of the year to visit you?
Osnabrück is worth visiting all round the year. If you like festivals, come in spring or fall, if you like it hot and relaxed come in July or August.
What would you recommend to your guests as a must see/must do in your city?
There are many places I could direct our visitors – all depending on their interests. But for sure you should not miss out the beautiful city center with its historical importance as the Westphalian peace treaty has been signed here – and it ended 30 years of war. Osnabrück is still proudly calling itself the “city of peace” – and the friendliness of the people, the international festivals that are held here are still making the point.